Two days to go before the St Peter’s and North Laine by-election and there is an oddity in the leaflets of both the Labour candidate, Tom French, and the Green candidate, Lizzie Deane. Both are claiming to have been endorsed by former Labour councillor, Jean Calder.
In the Green leaflet, Ms Calder applauds the support given by the Green Party in the campaign to save St Peter’s Church. Jean Calder is the Convenor (a very Green concept) of the Friends of St Peter’s Church.
Then tonight a leaflet is being distributed in St Peter’s and North Laine and there, again, is Ms Calder praising Tom French and saying that the Greens should have recruited him.
Democracy is usually about deciding which candidate you wish to vote for. Jean Calder seems to have taken it one step further – wanting to support the two leading candidates. At least she is hedging her bets and will be able to claim she supported the winning candidate! Now that’s what I call tactical voting.